Asia Pacific

Tokyo’s First Female Governor Sails to Re-Election Even as Virus Cases Rise

Tokyo’s First Female Governor Sails to Re-Election Even as Virus Cases Rise

Tokyo’s First Female Governor Sails to Re-Election Even as Virus Cases Rise Tokyo’s First Female Governor Sails to Re-Election Even as Virus Cases Rise TOKYO — In rewarding Tokyo’s first female governor, Yuriko Koike, with a second term on Sunday, voters endorsed her highly visible leadership as the sprawling metropolis has avoided the kind of spiraling death toll from the …

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With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea

With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea

With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea The Chinese maritime authorities declared in late June that an expanse of the South China Sea around the Paracel Islands — called the Xisha Islands in Chinese — would be off limits to other …

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Two Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why?

Two Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why?

Two Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why? Two Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why? Inshaf also grew out his beard, and he, too, stopped speaking to his atheist brother. In 2018, the brothers quit Ishana’s board. Inshaf had always been uneasy with Hajiar taking out bank loans, because earning interest conflicts with Islamic strictures. …

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Severe Flooding in Southern Japan Swamps Nursing Home

Severe Flooding in Southern Japan Swamps Nursing Home

Severe Flooding in Southern Japan Swamps Nursing Home Severe Flooding in Southern Japan Swamps Nursing Home Torrential rains in southern Japan caused widespread flooding and mudslides on Saturday, with at least 17 people feared dead as officials warned 75,000 residents to evacuate. The public broadcaster NHK said that 17 people had been found without vital signs, including 14 at a …

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New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say WASHINGTON — When Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker and ally of Stephen K. Bannon, recently fired the heads of four U.S. government-funded news outlets, many became alarmed that he would turn the independently operated organizations, as well as …

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South Korea Quarantine Hotel Is Targeted by Angry (and Noisy) Protesters

South Korea Quarantine Hotel Is Targeted by Angry (and Noisy) Protesters

South Korea Quarantine Hotel Is Targeted by Angry (and Noisy) Protesters South Korea Quarantine Hotel Is Targeted by Angry (and Noisy) Protesters Under the government’s regulations, people quarantined in hotels cannot leave their rooms, and they can come to the door only four times a day — three times to pick up meals left by staff, and once to leave …

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New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties

New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties

New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties A memo produced in recent days by the office of the nation’s top intelligence official acknowledged that the C.I.A. and top counterterrorism officials have assessed that Russia appears to have offered bounties to kill American and coalition troops …

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‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade

‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade

‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade ‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade MANDALAY, Myanmar — An ominous rumbling was the only warning the young jade miner had that something was wrong. Within seconds he was running, but before he could take even a few steps he was swept away by …

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Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte signed a contentious antiterrorism bill Friday aimed at combating Islamic militancy in the south, a measure that critics warned could lead to more widespread human rights abuses. Muslims living in the southern Philippines have spoken out against …

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Australia Faces its Own Reckoning Over Diversity in Media

Australia Faces its Own Reckoning Over Diversity in Media

Australia Faces its Own Reckoning Over Diversity in Media Australia Faces its Own Reckoning Over Diversity in Media The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Besha Rodell, a columnist for the Australia bureau. In the 1980s, my mother was a reporter in Melbourne, …

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